A 'Wild, Wacky, and Frequently Witty' Alcina at Covent Garden

November 10, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--Hot on the heels of Glyndebourne’s immaculately sung and stylishly staged Alcina comes another original take on Handel’s magical extravaganza. The Royal Opera House’s version—a co-production with the Met, which … » Read


Slim Pickings at LA Phil's First Classical 'Rock My Soul' Concert

November 9, 2022 | Richard S. Ginell, Musical America
LOS ANGELES – The endlessly inventive Los Angeles Philharmonic is putting forth yet another mold-breaking festival this month. They call it “Rock My Soul,” a celebration of historical and present-day collaborations between … » Read


So How Does Bruckner Sound in the New Geffen Hall?

November 8, 2022 | John Rockwell, Musical America
Last week’s New York Philharmonic program offered another good test of the new David Geffen Hall acoustics. Earlier programs embraced a wide range of repertory, both as an attestation of the orchestra’s fresh efforts at diversity and … » Read


On the Night Its Die Was Cast, the ENO Soldiers on with G&S

November 8, 2022 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON—Life met art on November 3 although few spectators realized it at the time. Gilbert and Sullivan, arch dissectors of the 19 th -century’s ruling classes, reached into the 21st as English National Opera mounted a rare production … » Read


In Prep for Current Japan Tour, BSO Gets Mixed Review

November 8, 2022 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
When the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) takes the stage in Yokohama's Minato Mirai Hall Nov. 9, it will be the first American orchestra to visit Japan since the pandemic. The four-city, six-concert tour of Japan is the ensemble’s first … » Read


Rossini's Maometto Secondo on Stage at Last

November 7, 2022 | George Loomis, Musical America
Last summer, a surge of coronavirus cases among Teatro Nuovo personnel led to the cancellation of the company’s brief, two-opera season. Happily, and as promised, it finally came to light on November 2, with Rossini’s Maometto … » Read


Musical Insights Abound in Gabriela Lena Frank’s Debut Opera

November 2, 2022 | Thomas May, Musical America
SAN DIEGO—At the center of El último sueño de Frida y Diego ( The Last Dream of Frida and Diego ), Frida Kahlo decides to cross over from the underworld and return to the realm of the living. It’s a conceit that cries … » Read


On Absolute Fire: Payare and Montreal at Southbank

November 1, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON—On October 28, the Southbank Center was presenting the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the only international orchestra to grace the venue this year, and yet the Festival Hall was so undersubscribed that the balcony had … » Read


Iestyn Davies Traverses the Doldrums with Dowland

October 31, 2022 | Clive Paget, Musical America
LONDON--Staging something as airy as a collection of Elizabethan lute songs might risk over-egging a delicate pudding, but in the sensitive hands of director Netia Jones it makes perfect expressive sense. Doubly so when interpreted by British … » Read


Philly O Pays Homage to Two Historic Women Composers

October 31, 2022 | George Loomis, Musical America
Two major works by women composers were the principal attraction of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s concert led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Carnegie Hall on Friday evening (October 28). Neither was a world premiere or at all new, … » Read

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